Titre/Title : wave-eddy transform in Rossby waves : an example of singular non-absorption
Contact :Joel Sommeria (équipe MEIGE)
Résumé/Abstract : This talk describes how topographic variations can transform a small-amplitude, linear, coastal-trapped wave (CTW) into a nonlinear wave or an eddy train. The dispersion relation for CTWs depends on the slope of the shelf. Provided the cross-shelf slope varies sufficiently slowly along the shelf, the local structure of the CTW adapts to the local geometry and the wave transformation can be analyzed by the Wentzel–Kramers–Brillouin–Jeffreys (WKBJ) method. Two regions of parameter space are straightforward : adiabatic transmission (where, at the incident wave frequency, a long wave exists everywhere along the shelf) and short-wave reflection (where somewhere on the shelf no long wave exists at the incident frequency, but the stratification is sufficiently weak that a short reflected wave can coexist with the incident wave). This talk concentrates on a third parameter regime, which includes all sufficiently strongly stratified flows, where neither of these behaviors is possible and the WKBJ method fails irrespective of how slowly the topography changes. Fully nonlinear integrations of the equation for the advection of the bottom boundary potential vorticity show that the incident wave in this third parameter regime transforms into a nonlinear wave when topographic variations are gradual or into an eddy train when the changes are abrupt.